March 17th, 2015

A Celebration of Irish Identity

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! (lah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch!)  Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you!  During this day of festivities—public parades, wearing of green attire and shamrocks, feasting, and music—March 17th annually marks the celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.  He was a Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland in the 5th century, and though this date marks the day of his death, it is a celebration of his life and of Ireland itself.  Saint Patrick’s Day is an ethnic and national holiday in Ireland, but is observed all over the world by the extended Irish […]

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February 24th, 2015

A Month of Love and Remembrance

As February, the month of love, comes to a close, I thought it appropriate to reflect on another commemoration for which it is known.   Since 1976, the month of February has been designated by every U.S. President as Black History Month.  It coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, as well as the founding of the NAACP on February 12, 1909.  Lincoln and Douglas were both prominent abolitionists—Douglas an escaped slave as well as strong author, orator, and activist for anti-slavery during the 1800s, and Lincoln abolishing slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.  But this […]

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February 11th, 2015

Thoughts on Love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air! —And amongst the pages of a few of our books here at the Bucknell University Press.  Weeding back through our database, I came across three books in particular that revolve around the subjects of love and desire.  From the beginnings of scandalous love-triangles in fiction to the lyrical love subjects of medieval poetry to erotic literature, these three titles—George Sand in the Nineteenth-Century Russian Love-Triangle Novels, The Arrow of Love, and Excitable Imaginations—cover a spread of topics and analyses that delve deep into the spirit of Cupid’s arrow. […]

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December 2nd, 2014

D.A.F. de Sade 200 years later

December 2, 2014 seemed far away in the summer of 2010, when Norbert Sclippa’s email anticipating the bicentennial of D.A.F. Sade’s death arrived in my inbox. “Anybody planning anything?” he inquired of us: the Colloque Internationale Sade, a small but intimate community of scholars. Worried by the paucity of responses (though many events have been planned since!) I floated the possibility of a scholarly, edited volume to my then-boss and tireless support system Greg Clingham. Immediately, emails circulated, calls went out. Norbert graciously asked me to join him as co-editor of the project. Essays arrived; readers were, by turns, generous […]

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November 6th, 2014

An Interview with Artist Gráinne Dowling

Contemporary Irish Writers Series     Gráinne Dowling, an Irish artist whose work is exhibited on the covers of the Contemporary Irish Writers series, shares insight into her artistic process, inspirations, her experience as an evolving artist, as well as a few of her favorite works and the stories behind them. When asked about inspiration, Ms. Dowling explains that it is more a matter of attention than inspiration. It is about immersing herself in her surroundings, getting lost in a landscape, in life, and then letting it show her something striking, bringing her back to earth and motivating her to […]

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May 6th, 2014

Author Profile: Deborah Kennedy

Bucknell University Press congratulates Deborah Kennedy on her book Poetic Sisters: Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets being selected as one of Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013.” Choice describes Professor’s Kennedy’s book as “engagingly written” and “beautifully illustrated (visually and poetically)” and recommends the title for both students and scholars.  The book’s “Outstanding Academic Title” distinction was given in consideration of criteria that included “overall excellence in presentation and scholarship” and “importance relative to other literature in the field.”  We had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Professor Kennedy via e-mail, in which she explained why the early eighteenth century was an important period […]

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April 18th, 2014

Author Profile: Allison Stedman

Bucknell University Press congratulates Allison Stedman on her book Rococo Fiction in France, 1600-1715: Seditious Frivolity being selected as one of Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013.” Choice describes Professor’s Stedman’s book as a “compelling, well-documented study of experimental texts written from the beginning of the 17th century to the end of the reign of Louis XIV.”  The book’s “Outstanding Academic Title” distinction was given in consideration of criteria that included “overall excellence in presentation and scholarship” and “importance relative to other literature in the field.”  We had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Professor Stedman via e-mail, where she shared […]

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January 14th, 2014

Art and Inspiration in Contemporary Irish Writers

Bucknell University Press’s original Irish Writers Series began in the 1970s under the editorship of J.F. Carens as a way to promote 19th and 20th century Anglo writers whose works deserved monographic exposure. The series published its first books in 1970, exploring the likes of Sean O’Casey, James Clarence Mangan, Standish O’Grady, and W.R. Rogers. The series ended in 1978 with a volume on Thomas Davis. In 2009 came a reinvigoration of the series–the Contemporary Irish Writers Series published Richard Rankin Russell’s Bernard MacLaverty as its first volume. With Professor John Rickard as general editor, the series continues the tradition […]

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